Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Fri, 11 Sep 1992 08:46:52 EDT
At Camp Barton (near Ithaca, NY) we have had a similar concept for two
summers now. In 1991 it was called the First Year Camper Program. In
1992 we realized that it was not truly a first year program so much as
a getting to First Class program. This year it was re-named the Sidney
Winter Trail. (Sidney Winter was the first scoutmaster in this area.
The troop which he start celebrated its 75th anniversary two or three
years ago.) The program leaves scouts with their troops and regular
patrols for most activities, but provides classes and activities aimed
toward reaching First Class. All activities are offered at two
different times during the week to allow for make-ups. At the end of
the week, the scoutmaster receives a report on each participant listing
which classes he attended and an evaluation of his progress. The
person conducting the class does NOT sign the scout off on
requirements; that is left for the scoutmaster to evaluate.
It is also interesting to note that the program described by Mary Lee
Foley includes rifle range. Unfortunately, we cannot include that for
most first year campers because NY state law requires a minimum age of
12 for the rifle range.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City